Visa Fraud: Fake Travel Agent In Court
Visa frauds are not going to leave anytime soon, perhaps because the desire to travel abroad remains high in the country.
A 29-year-old fake travel agent, Chinenye Ojimmadu, who police accused of defrauding a traveler of N265,000, on Tuesday appeared in a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court.
Ojimmadu who resides at No. 5, Ogini St., Ajah Lagos, is charged with two counts of fraud and theft.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo told the court that the accused committed the offence on Jan. 12, at Ajah Market, Lagos.
He said that the accused who claimed to be a travel agent collected N265,000 from one Ndubisi Odah, under false pretense with a promise to procure a Kuwaiti visa.
The prosecutor said that two months after collecting the money, the accused stopped picking Odah’s calls.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015
Section 287 prescribes three years imprisonment while 314 stipulates 15 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty.
After the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate, A.M. Olumide-Fusika, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Olumide-Fusika ordered that the sureties must be a relative of the accused and the other a community leader. She then adjourned the case until Dec.12 for hearing.
Nigerians have been severally warned that most visas can be obtained directly without the help of an agent but citizens continue to fall victim of fraudsters.